Mar 26, 2024

The Music Center

Los Angeles, CA

The Digital Innovation Initiative of The Music Center is at the forefront of creating cultural experiences that seamlessly blend technology with the arts. By integrating emerging, immersive, and participatory technologies, they are crafting experiences that are both meaningful and inspiring for the people of Los Angeles. As thought leaders, they are actively shaping the future of culture in Los Angeles at the intersection of the arts and emerging technology.

The Music Center’s TMC Arts division is looking for an Associate Director to join its Digital Innovation Initiative (DII) team. In this role, the selected candidate will be responsible for providing support in designing and researching innovative programming models for TMC Arts. The DII aims to develop creative and interactive digital experiences for its audience, and the Associate Director will play a crucial role in achieving this goal. The ideal candidate will have a proven aptitude to lead complex events/programs/projects working with large and diverse program and production teams.

TMC Arts, provides year-round programming that share engagement as the driving curatorial value—providing artistic experiences that are relevant to Los Angeles’ diverse communities and aligned with its fundamental civic responsibility as stewards of public funding and public space.

The Music Center is L.A.’s premiere performing arts destination, convening artists, communities, and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural lives of every resident in Los Angeles County.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Senior Director of Digital Innovation, the Associate Director is responsible for project management of DII programs, including Plaza Augmented, Town Hall Social, TMC Immersive, and various collaborations with internal and external partners.


Under general direction of the Senior Director, the Associate Director will design policies, procedures, and strategies to meet program objectives

Liaise with external partners, such as artists, culture makers, designers, creative technologists, studios, and cultural/community organizations to execute the vision of the DII programs

Liaise internal partners, such as the Producing, Marketing and Communications, and Advancement department. This position is not responsible for the production of projects within the program but works collaboratively with the Production/Producing department to execute a project

Effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders to maintain a smooth workflow

Determine feasibility of programs

Assist in the evaluation and selection process of program curation

Assist in the research and development process of DII’s business model, by helping to prototype and launch new offerings (i.e. digital asset sales, virtual platform development, etc.)

Oversees program operations and leads and coordinates all the activities of program teams and partners

Oversee and direct staff as needed, and troubleshoot issues that may arise

Liaise with the Evaluation & Learning department to execute data collection and measurement strategies

Develops budgets and manages costs for all DII activities

In collaboration with Advancement, manage the grant proposal process as needed

Work with General Manager to generate contracts for all engagements where a contract is required

Negotiate and execute artist and presentation and or co-production contracts

Collect required information and forms to fully execute the contract

Ensure the contract is executed as outlined

Execute logistics of programming details

Monitor progress of program projects from start to finish

Meet programming timelines and deliverables

Work with marketing and communications staff to communicate expectations and descriptions of the public experience of projects

Review any potential conflicts, overlaps, or places for collaboration with other programs being presented by TMC Arts or resident companies

Act as point of contact for internal departments and external vendors during planning process, day of event, and days following the events

Manage costs for all associated DII activities

Provide data and other information for all TMC related meetings including Board meetings, in support of further development of DII programs

Develop and maintain effective and on-going internal and external relationships (including vendors, volunteers and the public) and serves as a primary point-of-contact for the department.

Keeps the Senior Director informed of work progress and potential problems as well as innovative solutions to address problems

Work early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays as needed

Performs other duties as required as designated by the Senior Director


BA/BS in art, media and creative technology or related field

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent educational/professional experience

A minimum of 5-7 years of programming/project management/booking/community partnership/curation experience across a variety of disciplines including but not limited to diverse styles of music, dance, visual arts, etc.

5+ years of experience in the creative technology sectors of arts and entertainment, including XR, gaming, performance capture or similar.

In-depth knowledge of the existing media and technology arts field, highly desired

Ability to develop and foster strong relationships with stakeholders (e.g. artists, community spaces, curators, peer organizations/programs, creative technologists, technology vendors, etc.)

Demonstrated track record of setting out programming vision and delivering successfully on that vision

Minimum 3 years of supervision experience of part-time and contingent workforce

Demonstrated experience with event project management, event design thinking, event timelines, event roles and responsibilities, etc.

Meticulous record-keeping and budgeting skills

Experience working in organizations with a community-based/engagement, diversity/equity/inclusion-based, and/or access-focused, public-serving vision, highly desired

Experience navigating large institutions, with highly matrixed reporting structures and communication environments

Media/arts professional with strong project leadership

Previous programming roles in arts nonprofits and/or digital media, preferably roles emphasizing increasing access to underserved desired

Superior command of the program development process, including extensive demonstrated experience with project management of projects in the creative industries (media, performance, etc.)

Experience negotiating and executing artist and presentation and or co-production contracts

Experience working in diverse performance/presentation environments (both traditional and non-traditional including outdoors)

Adaptable multi-faceted programmer, pushing beyond established areas of artistic expertise to seek new and diverse content

Ability to manage wide-ranging and complex simultaneous projects is crucial

Ability to excel in a highly collaborative and interdependent environment that requires multi-tasking

Pro-active and self-directed strong work ethic

Proficiency in technology and technology-based communications, and full proficiency in computer use: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, is required

Able to lift and move at least 40 pounds unassisted

Must have a reliable source of transportation

Spanish language skills desired

Vaccination Policy: The Music Center requires its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to certain exemptions as required by law. New hires working at The Music Center must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, receiving either the primary 2-dose or 1-dose vaccine. At the Music Center, fully vaccinated is defined as 14 days after receiving the second dose of the 2-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or 14 days after receiving the 1-dose vaccine (J&J). Please contact The Music Center’s Human Resources Department for a copy of the vaccination policy.

The weekly administrative schedule is 35 hours per week, approximately 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday, with adjustments to accommodate special events and activities. Currently, The Music Center practices a hybrid (remote with scheduled onsite team days) weekly schedule and work onsite/in person for live events, which may require on-site support. This scenario may change and is also subject to the responsibilities of the position.

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Please submit a cover letter and resume. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.